Stephen and his mom looked very similar. Both of them had a gentle look in their eyes.
Melanie was surprised to see Stella there as well.
Stella was taken aback to see Melanie, and she placed the cup in her hand on the table before saying with annoyance,
“What are you doing here?”
Melanie had no idea she would bump into Stella. She said, “I’m here to pick up a document for a friend.”
Madam York nodded. “Stephen informed me about it. You’re here for Xander’s document, right?”
“Yes. He needs it urgently. I’m sorry if I’ve disturbed you,” said Melanie.
Madam York was a university professor. She was gentle and gracious by nature and was very soft- spoken during her conversation with Melanie.
“The document is in the study. I’ll get it for you.” Madam York waved over a domestic helper to pour
Melanie a cup of tea before heading toward the study.
Melanie was unable to reject the friendly offer and sat down to take a sip.
She had just put her cup down when she heard Stella say sarcastically, “I see you have a close relationship with the Yorks.”
Melanie replied, “I’m only here to pick up something.”
Stella grunted coldly, but Melanie was unsure what she meant by that.
Melanie was not a talkative person. She used to rack up her brains for a conversation topic in order to get into Stella’s good graces.
However, all she did now was sit silently. She was no longer willing to try to get Stella to like her.
Madam York soon appeared with the document. She passed it to Melanie. “Is this what you were looking for?”
Melanie flipped through it and nodded. “Thank you.”
Madam York smiled. She had always been nice and gracious.
She was reminded of Xander and what Stephen had told her. Madam York could not help asking
Melanie, “Stephen told me that you’re in the midst of working with Xander on a project?”
Melanie replied in a quiet voice, “I’m still learning from him.”
“That’s a good start.” Madam York smiled after that and added, “You should drop by sometime for a meal with Stephen.”
Melanie knew that Mrs. York was hinting at her that she could leave now. She nodded. “I’ll be off to
help Xander with this. Goodbye, Mrs. York.”
She paused and looked at Stella. “Goodbye.”
Stella pretended not to notice her.
Melanie took the document and headed to the department Stephen mentioned to complete the stamping. It was already noontime by the time she was done.
She had a simple lunch and mailed the document out to Xander. After that, she went to visit her grandfather at the hospital.
Her grandfather looked much better than before. He immediately waved Melanie over when he saw her. “Have you had your lunch yet?”
Melanie put down the fruits in her hand and asked her grandfather, “How are you feeling today? Better?”
“I’m doing well. I feel great!” Her grandfather looked gratified. “The doctor said I can be discharged if I continue doing well for the next two days.”
“It isn’t soon enough. I have to spend more money for every day I’m in the hospital.”
He knew better than anyone that it cost a lot for a single room like his. This included payment for all sorts of medical check–ups and the nurse’s aid from his nursing home.
It was not easy for Melanie to earn a living. In addition to what happened with Dylan, she probably did not have much left on her.
Sighing, he said, “Mel, try to save up for yourself in the future if you can. You make a good living at LeapCo. At least that’s a safety net for you.‘
Those words hinted at her situation with Eugene as well.
Melanie looked down. She gave it some thought and decided to tell her grandfather, “Grandpa, once my contract ends, I won’t continue at LeapCo. I want to resign.”